Jorhat mob lynching: Prime accused killed in road mishap while trying to flee cops

Jorhat Police informed that the accused Niraj Das was trying to escape from their custody by jumping off a police vehicle and was run over by another that was following the vehicle.



Thirty-five-year-old Neeraj Das (alias Kola Lora), prime accused in the lynching of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) activist, Animesh Bhuyan, was killed in an road accident while trying to escape police custody at Chinamara, on Jorhat-Mariani highway, in the intervening night of December 1.

Giving details of his death, a senior police official said, “During interrogation, Kola lora, also a drug trafficker, had assured us of identifying certain spots from where drug cartels operate in the area. So, we took him to bust the network. But, on the way, he jumped off the police vehicle in an attempt to escape and was run over by another police car that was following. Now, it appears that he was misleading us and had planned to escape from police custody.” Three police personnel were also injured in the incident, the police said.

Earlier on November 30, Jorhat police had arrested Das and 12 others for instigating an irate mob, which led to the lynching and subsequent death of Bhuyan.

Hours after his death, unprecedented scenes emerged from Jorhat and Golaghat towns as people, elated by his death, started bursting crackers in celebration.

On the other hand, 12 of the other accused apprehended in the case, were manhandled by an angry crowd in front of a chief judicial magistrate’s court, where they were presented today.  

A huge number of people had gathered outside the court, and shouted slogans demanding justice for the death of the AASU leader.

The Jorhat Bar Association had earlier decided not to fight for any of the accused persons during the trial.

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